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No.7 Administration of Inotropes

Key Points

Patients are nursed in a level 2/3 facility

The effect of these drugs vary greatly so close observation is essential

Continuous monitoring of ECG

Blood pressure via an arterial line providing a continuous recording

Parameters are set for drug delivery and therapeutic goals by medical staff and documented on individual Care Plans

It is important that parameters for drug delivery and therapeutic goals are clearly discussed and recorded

Equally, any changes in vital signs and subsequent drug delivery are clearly documented so that the response or effect of the drug c an be assessed easily

Evidence based guidelines are available as a key way of improving and achieving a consistent quality of care

Staff receive training in managing a patient with Inotropes and competency in Inotrope administration is completed

Education is available, including guidelines for changing syringes and drug calculations. This is reviewed every two years

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